Good to get back to classes again this week, after the break and to catch up with everyone. It’s been a full week with 2 new beginners classes starting in Leominster, both full. My Kington class for gardeners continued at Hergest Croft where we used pilates poles to practice safe digging and lifting techniques, ready for those autumn jobs in the garden. It was Maureens last class as she moves to Abingdon for new adventures and to carry on with her pilates, I’m glad to hear. Very best of luck Maureen, it’s been a pleasure now show your new instructor what you can do! Eardisland class today was missing Pete who’s recovering in hospital, get well soon Pete and best wishes to you and Ann.
We all went to pot in this weeks, pilates for gardenersat Hergest Croft! The small plastic pots, previously used to grow my tomatoes in, were used to balance on knees and backs, to help us focus on pelvic stability. Then came the Bill and Ben impressions, as we put them on our heads for the standing balance work. The sound of falling pots definitely got less as the session progressed!
Good fun and great for helping to focus! How about terracotta ones next week folks?! Have an enjoyable and safe gardening week.
My Pilates for Gardeners class today, focused on balance. Gardening often requires us to lean or reach, taking us off balance, so not surprising that most gardening injuries are caused by falls. We used the pilates poles for standing balance work and the Thera-Band to stretch tight muscles. Can you stand really tall, lift one knee, and turn your head from side to side? If not maybe you need to join us? Happy and safe gardening all.
My mixed level classes continued with the roller again this week. When it came to standing on them, most people looked much more confident and balanced. The feedback I’ve had is that although the rollers can be a bit uncomfortable to lie on, people feel the benefit afterwards in their backs , shoulders and general improved posture. Thanks Sally for taking some great photos of Kingsland- check out the photo gallery.
Kingsland class doing their shoulder drops on the rollers.
Thanks for all your feedback about this site. It’s a work in progress and I’m hoping it will be a useful means of keeping in touch. There have been requests for more photos along with options for downloading the handouts, which I’m working on. My thanks to Alan for volunteering to be photographer and taking some great shots to add to the gallery.
This week we’ve been focusing on the principle CONTROL -making movements a slow and consistent speed. One class member likened it to being on the London Eye which apparently is a very smooth, continual, circling motion.